Short Story Review: All I Want by Charles Lambert

Story Title: ‘All I Want’ by Charles Lambert
Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk)
Briefly: Language teachers Simon and Teddy, are invited to join the Baietto family for a weekend at Lake Garda. The Baietto’s seem like the perfect well-to-do family, but it’s not long before their imperfections reveal themselves, and awkwardness comes to the fore.
Afterthoughts: What I like most about All I Want is the sizzling undercurrent of lust and passion that runs through the story. It’s something that lingers without really coming to the surface. As such the overall mood of the story is subtle, while being tense at the same time. Very clever writing indeed. Lambert also gives the reader a tasty slice of Italian life and culture in this one too, which is a real treat.

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of the Various Authors Anthology, Volume 1. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).